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Coffee County, Tennessee

Coffee County, Tennessee
Coffee County Courthouse in Manchester
Map of Tennessee highlighting Coffee County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded January 8, 1836
Named for John Coffee
Seat Manchester
Largest city Tullahoma
 • Total 435 sq mi (1,127 km2)
 • Land 429 sq mi (1,111 km2)
 • Water 5.6 sq mi (15 km2), 1.3%
 • (2010) 52,796
 • Density 123/sq mi (47/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .orgcoffeecountytn

Coffee County is a county located in the south central part of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 52,796.[1] Its county seat is Manchester.[2]

Coffee County is part of the Tullahoma-Manchester, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
    • Century Farms 1.1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
    • State protected areas 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Events 4
  • Points of interest 5
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Census-designated places 6.2
    • Unincorporated communities 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Coffee County was formed in 1836 from parts of Bedford, Warren, and Franklin counties.[3] It was named for John Coffee, an early European-American settler.[4][5]

Century Farms

Coffee County has twelve Century Farms, the classification for farms that have been operating for more than 100 years. The oldest Century Farm is Shamrock Acres, founded in 1818. Other Century Farms include:[3]

  • Beckman Farm
  • Brown Dairy Farm
  • Carden Ranch
  • Crouch-Ramsey Farm
  • Freeze Farm
  • The Homestead Farm
  • Jacobs Farm
  • Long Farm
  • Shamrock Acres
  • Sunrise View Farm
  • Thomas Farm, site of the Farrar Distillery


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 429 square miles (1,110 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (1.3%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

State protected areas

  • Arnold Engineering Development Complex Wildlife Management Area (jointly managed by TWRA and USAF)
  • Bark Camp Barrens Wildlife Management Area
  • Hickory Flats Wildlife Management Area
  • Maple Hill Wildlife Management Area
  • May Prairie State Natural Area
  • Normandy Wildlife Management Area (part)
  • Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
  • Short Springs State Natural Area


Age pyramid Coffee County[12]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 48,014 people, 18,885 households, and 13,597 families residing in the county. The population density was 112 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 20,746 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.43% White, 3.59% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 2.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,885 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,898, and the median income for a family was $40,228. Males had a median income of $32,732 versus $21,014 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,137. About 10.90% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.


The Bonnaroo Music Festival has been held annually in the county since 2002.[14]

Points of interest

George Dickel Distillery



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Coffee County Century Farms". MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Carroll Van West, "Coffee County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 25 June 2013.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 86. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  14. ^ "About Us". Bonnaroo Music Festival. 
  15. ^ Short Springs State Natural Area, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation website. Retrieved: 25 June 2013.

External links

  • Official site
  • Industrial Board of Coffee County
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Coffee County, TNGenWeb – genealogy resources
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival site
  • Coffee County at DMOZ

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